SILENT PARTNERS:Five of the nation’s allies failed to speak up for Taiwan in the UN this year, while some would like to normalize ties with China, a PFP legislator said
Date: Oct 22, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
While Taiwan’s relations with its diplomatic allies in the first half of the year
were stable, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (林永樂) yesterday said that he could not predict how they would develop in the latter half of the year amid speculation of Chinese interference in the run-up to January’s presidential and legislative elections.
Responding to a question by Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) at a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee, Lin said that diplomatic ties with Central and South American allies were stable and the ministry would continue to monitor developments amid rumors that Beijing might try to sabotage Taiwan’s efforts.
Lin rated the current state of diplomatic ties as a “green light,” but added that “predicting [the second half] is difficult, as it depends on the outcome of the coming elections.” [FULL STORY]